Why Have You Forsaken Me?

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And at three in the afternoon Jesus cried out in a loud voice, “Eloi, Eloi, lema sabachthani?” (which means “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”

It would be futile to try to explain the depth and intensity of the suffering Jesus went through on the cross.


  • Separated from friends like a criminal
  • Brought before His peers to be mocked and spit on
  • Led to Calvary beaten and bloody


And in the darkness from the sixth hour until the ninth hour Jesus cries out,

“My God, My God why have you forsaken me?” Jesus made seven statements while He hung on the cross.

Three statements before the darkness-

Asking forgiveness for those who were responsible for Him being on the cross,

Assurance to the thief of eternal life.

Instructions to John to care for His mother.

Three statements after the darkness.

I am thirsty.

Father into your hands I commit my spirit.

It is finished.

But only one was made during the three hours of darkness.

“My God, My God why have you forsaken me?”

Always before it was Father, “Abba”,  and the Son.

It was the Son as He was baptised and on the mountain in whom the Father was well pleased. But here in the darkness the Son asks not Abba Father but God,

“why have you forsaken me?”

Was there doubt? Was what Jesus came to do the mission forfeit?

No but through His cry as He hung on the cross we can gain understanding of the terrible price that was paid for our salvation.

At the same time Jesus was hanging on the cross in darkness the lambs were being offered as a sacrifice for the sins of the people in the temple. But now as He hung between heaven and earth Jesus became the last sacrifice that would ever be needed.

And in that darkness the weight of every sin that had ever been committed or ever would be was laid on Jesus.

And in that darkness there was wrath. Because sin brings the wrath of God, and the wrath that we deserved was taken by Him

And In that moment for the first time the Beloved Son experienced separation from the Father.

In that darkness because Jesus took on Himself the sin of all who ever lived or ever will  God turned His back on the Son.

For us.

And in that darkness as He cried out “my God my God why have you forsaken me?” It was not a question of the love the Father had for the Son, but “why have I been left here so long.” All of the pain and torment that he had experienced in His last hours on earth did not compare to that moment of separation He felt from the Father.

But as He said  “into Your hands I commit my Spirit” He knew it was worth it. The glory for Jesus and for all of us beyond the cross far exceeding the price that was paid. And finally,

It is finished.


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“Now at last they were beginning chapter One of the great story no one on earth has read: which goes on forever”. I love this line at the end of the Last Battle by C.S. Lewis. Everyone has a story to tell and ultimately we are all part of a greater story that someday will be revealed in full. “ For now, we can only see a dim and blurry picture of things”. ( 1 Corinthians 13:12). My story is not remarkable, although the events I have had the privilege in my life to witness have been. I grew up in the south “the land of cotton” and the old times there were definitely not forgotten. I remember where I was and what I was doing when JFK and Martin Luther King were murdered in Dallas and in Memphis. I remember the Civil Rights movement, a time of great unrest and change. I remember the dawning of the “Age of Aquarius” in the late 1960’s. It was also the dawning of my love for playing music, a love that has stayed with me throughout my life. If my life were chapters in a book one would tell of my precious bride of 20+ years who endured so much and stood beside me through the good and the bad. One would describe the blessings of being a father and a grandfather. One would tell about how despite being “the wretch” the song sings about God was able to change me, and use me to make a difference in others lives, make me a servant in His church, and surround me with friends all because of His goodness. All part of a story that has had many twists and turns. I think of the words Jimmy Buffet wrote in one of my favorite songs "As a dreamer of dreams and a travelin’ man I have chalked up many a mile Read dozens of books about heroes and crooks And I learned much from both of their styles" And so it is true for me. But in all of my travels and all I have read and experienced nothing compares to where I am headed. The place where my story here ends and the story that goes on forever begins! "" I am confident that He who began a good work in you will carry it on until completion until the day He returns". Philippians 1:6 My hope is that as we all run our race that in some small way my words will encourage and speak to you, as your story is being written. And draw you ever closer to the One who loves you. Further up and further in!
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